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Solar Energy in Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Energy in Santa Cruz

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Solar Panels in Santa Cruz

Solar panels in Santa Cruz that are tilted towards the equator at an angle equal to the latitude will produce the maximum solar energy output. [More]

Sunrise & Sunset in Santa Cruz

The total length of the day in Santa Cruz, CA today (August 21, 2019) will be 13 hours and 21 minutes. [More]

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Santa Cruz, CA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Energy Data in Santa Cruz, CA

See the chart below to see how different types of solar panel installations compare in Santa Cruz.

* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day).
* See glossary & definitions below.


Solar Energy Analysis for Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz

Based on historical Santa Cruz, CA data, solar panels that are tilted towards the equator at an angle equal to the latitude will produce the maximum solar energy output in Santa Cruz. [1]

Santa Cruz has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 4.79 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 4% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 5 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Santa Cruz that are always titled at the latitude of Santa Cruz (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 5.49 kWh/m2/day, or about 15% greater than the average monthly GHI of 4.79 kWh/m2/day and approximately 10% greater than the average monthly DNI of 5 kWh/m2/day. [1]

* See glossary & definitions below.

Solar Energy Glossary

Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI)

Global Horizontal Irradiance: The total amount of solar radiation that is received per unit area by a surface that is always positioned in a horizontal manner.

Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI)

Direct Normal Irradiance: The total amount of solar radiation received per unit area by a surface that is always perpendicular to the sun rays that come in a straight line from the direction of the sun at its current position in the sky.

Average Tilt at Latitude (ATaL)

Average Tilt at Latitude: The total amount of solar radiation received per unit area by a surface that is tilted toward the equator at an angle equal to the current latitude. ATaL will often produce the optimum energy output.

Solar Radiation Levels in Santa Cruz

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz, CA

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in Santa Cruz.

* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day)

Solar Radiation Analysis for Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz

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Solar Power Comparison: Santa Cruz vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in Santa Cruz

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Solar Power: vs. the U.S.

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Santa Cruz solar radiation levels compare to average levels in a city with historcially high levels (NV) and a city with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).

Solar Data & Statistics for Santa Cruz

Sunrise / Sunset in Santa Cruz

  • Sunrise/Sunset for August 21, 2019 [2]
    • Sunrise: 1:30 pm
    • Sunset: 2:51 am
    • Solar Noon: 8:11 pm
    • Length of Day: 13:21
Solar Energy Statistics for Santa Cruz

Best Months for Solar in Santa Cruz

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation n/a
    • ATaL: June (6.52 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (6.53 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (7.24 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Santa Cruz

We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the city of Santa Cruz, CA at this current time.

However, Santa Cruz is in Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz County has at least 0 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Santa Cruz

The Power of Solar in Santa Cruz, CA

Monthly AC solar system output averages for Santa Cruz (ca). Month-by-month solar power, as ranked by AC output, in Santa Cruz. [2]

* Amounts listed in kWhac (kilowatt hours (AC))

Solar Output Analysis for Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz

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Cost of Utilities in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Santa Cruz averaged 18.89 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in May 2019, which was about 42% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.32¢/kWh in May. [3]

Solar Power Poll: Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in California averaged $12.99 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in May 2019, which was approximately 1% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $12.86 per Mcf in May. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Santa Cruz

Solar Energy Contractors in Santa Cruz

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Santa Cruz, CA.

Sorry, no local solar energy contractors found.

Our search for solar contractors companies located in Santa Cruz produced no matches.

Solar Energy Equipment in Santa Cruz

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Santa Cruz

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Weather Forecast for Santa Cruz, CA [5]

Tue Aug 20
56°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 56°F
Max: 56°F
Strong breeze: 11 mps NNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 89%
Cloud cover: 0%
Wed Aug 21
61°F
Scattered Clouds
Min: 58°F
Max: 63°F
Severe Gale: 23 mps NNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 82%
Cloud cover: 43%
Thu Aug 22
60°F
Broken Clouds
Min: 60°F
Max: 61°F
Severe Gale: 22 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 90%
Cloud cover: 69%
Fri Aug 23
61°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 59°F
Max: 61°F
Fresh Breeze: 10 mps S
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 89%
Cloud cover: 1%
Sat Aug 24
62°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 60°F
Max: 62°F
: 7 mps SSE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 88%
Cloud cover: 8%
Sun Aug 25
65°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 61°F
Max: 65°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 80%
Cloud cover: 0%

More about Santa Cruz

About Santa Cruz

The city of Santa Cruz, CA in Santa Cruz County has an approximate population of 59,946. [6]

Santa Cruz Solar Power

Santa Cruz, CA Solar Energy

To learn more about solar energy and solar power Santa Cruz, CA, or for more solar-related resources for Santa Cruz, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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